One of the most important early artistic exhibitions of computer art and digital installations was called
Cybernetic Serendipity, which was held in 1968 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Organized by Jasia Reichart, it included most of the important contributors to the technology art world at the time, including Charles Csuri, Michael Noll, Nam June Paik, Frieder Nake, John Whitney, John Cage and others. Although it was not the first computer art exhibition, it is acknowledged as an important milestone in the recognition of this new medium in the art world.
Cybernetic Serendipity ran for two months and featured exhibits from 325 participants from around the world. They showed off the latest in computer graphics and some early computer-composed music. There were robots and drawing machines and the first computer sculpture.
The exhibition was the first of its kind in Britain and the curator Jasia Reichardt wrote that it showed how "man can use the computer and new technology to extend his creativity and inventiveness." It later
travelled to Washington, DC and San Francisco between 1969-70.
from Cybernetics, Art and
edited by Jasia Reichardt
background: The Computer in Art London, Studio